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The Decay of Power in Domestic and International Politics

Essays and Interviews
Moisés Naím


Moisés Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an internationally syndicated columnist, and best-selling author of more than 10 books on international economics and politics. His most recent book, The End of Power (2013), was named by the Washington Post and the Financial Times as one of the best books of the year.

Brown Journal of World Affairs: In your book The End of Power, you argue that power is decaying as world leaders in all fields become more constrained and risk losing their power. Could you begin by explaining your definition of power to those of our readers that have not read your book?

Moisés Naím: Power has many definitions, and it can get very complicated, but there is a very basic definition that is widely accepted: the ability of one actor, one individual, or one organization to get another to do or stop doing something now or in the future.